The Wire Saw offers the most gentle mechanical method for cutting
virtually any material using either a diamond impregnated wire blade
or a plain wire blade with an abrasive slurry. In addition to traditional
mechanical cutting, the saw can also be used as a string saw to cut
water soluble crystals. It is most useful for cutting fragile crystals,
substrates with delicate layers or any material that would be damaged
when using a diamond wheel saw. Very brittle materials will cut the
fastest, but even soft materials can be cut since there is not the problem
of loading the blade that is inherent with diamond or abrasive wheels.
The Wire Saw has sample holders available to hold virtually any shape
sample including a goniometer to simplify the cutting of oriented crystals.